Renault Team Principal, Cyril Abiteboul has said that Nico Hulkenberg has been “instrumental” to the team’s progression since their return to Formula 1.
The French team signed Hulkenberg to the team in 2017, at a time when they were looking for a driver with experience to help rebuild the team, but it was announced in August that the 32-year-old would be replaced at the team next year by Esteban Ocon.
Hulkenberg has been unable to find himself a seat on the grid for next season, and looks set to be sat on the sidelines next year, but going into the final Grand Prix of the season at Abu Dhabi, Renault boss, Cyril Abiteboul said that Hullkenberg has played a huge role in Renault’s progression.
“We also say goodbye to Nico after three seasons with the team.” commented Abiteboul.
“His contribution has been instrumental in our reconstruction and progression.
“We have harnessed his experience and ability to deliver strong results and he has played an important role in Renault’s Formula 1 journey.
“We want to ensure we end our time together with the best result possible.”
Hulkenberg has the unfortunate record of having the most race starts without a podium, and despite never fulfilling his potential with Renault, a move he hoped would provide regular podium finishes when he joined, he thanked the French team for “three memorable years”.
“There have been highs and lows, but I’ve enjoyed my time as a driver here.” added Hulkenberg.
“We’ve had some great results and some ‘nearly’ moments, all of which I’ll remember for a very long time.
“I’d like to thank everyone at the team including my engineers and mechanics for all their effort over the last 61 races.
“We have one more to go and we’ll be giving it our all for the best possible result.”